When we talk about abortion, there are many sides to the argument. And for pro-choice or pro-abortion advocates, one long-held talking point is that the practice can and is often used to space out children responsibly. Hell, even the name of the world’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, seems to suggest this as a reason why abortions should be essential to women’s healthcare.
Additionally, it is used as a reason why many on the pro-choice side say that abortion should be federally funded.
According to a recent report by The Washington Free Beacon, the American Public Health Association (APHA) “considers the availability of safe, legal, and affordable abortion care to be essential for safeguarding maternal health, reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, and enabling healthy spacing of pregnancies.”
And Rewire News Group, a pro-abortion website, seems to second this idea. In a series of recent articles, the site suggests that abortion can make having children for mothers in all walks of life easier.
“As conversations shift toward celebrating – or not celebrating – Mother’s Day, we thought we’d as a basic question: What would it look like to reimagine motherhood by centering abortion in its reality? And what would it look like if our policies reflected this reality and these mothers? If we can reimagine motherhood to include abortion as part of its journey, what other ripples of freedom can follow? How expansive can we make the frame? How supportive the community?”
Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of anyone who has ever used abortion, as Planned Parenthood’s name suggests, to actually plan out how parenthood will go for them and use it as a strategy of sorts. I mean, who actually uses abortion as a viable method of spacing out children so as to not drive the parents crazy?
Isn’t that what birth control is used for or just thoughtful family planning – as in keeping track of the reproductive cycle?
Well, it seems I’m not the only one asking this question.
In fact, a peer-reviewed study was just conducted by the Charlotte Lozier Institute and published by the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health that asked about the commonality of using abortion for “healthy child spacing.”
And what it found is that between 1999 and 2014, the practice is “quite uncommon.”
According to the April released study, only one percent of all women who had an abortion during those years had children later in life or used it to space out their children.
“Out of 4,875,511 Medicaid-eligible women and girls, 50,012 followed a pattern of a live birth, then an abortion, then another live birth.”
As Stephen Billy, the executive director for the Institute, said, “The data is clear… abortion is almost never used as a family planning tool.”
James Studnicki, the study’s lead author, added, “What pro-abortion researchers would like you to believe is that abortion is a happy circumstance that leads to a child-spaced family. What actually happens is that an abortion leads to more pregnancies, but those pregnancies lead to more abortions. Abortion begets abortion.”
The study explains that of the women who get abortions, most go on to get several more, never actually having live births, or if they do, it’s much later in life. For them, abortion is an easy fix or a way to undo a mistake they made. And it teaches them nothing.
Instead of teaching young girls or women about actual family planning, about using birth control, about safe sex, or even about their womanly cycles, it’s simply used as a way for them to continue their irresponsible life patterns without any consequences.
And as the Free Beacon goes on to explain, expanded or federal funding of such behavior will only make them all that more common, especially among minority communities.
“The data also suggests that taxpayer-funded abortion has a disparate racial impact. Black women composed 19 percent of the study’s population but made up 37 percent of the women with one or more abortions, according to the results.”
Billy says, “If you expand taxpayer funding of abortion, more abortions will occur, and those abortions are going to be disproportionately affecting minority communities.”
Suffice it to say that pro-abortion groups have been caught lying once again. Sure, abortion could be used for child-spacing. But as this study proves, it’s not. Instead, it’s used to get rid of the inconvenience a child might present.
And that’s not called child-spacing but murder.